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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

‘American Idol’ Starts Rounds of Auditions for New Season

American Idol Auditions for 2017.
(ABC)

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After 15 seasons on FOX, American Idol closed up shop for good on April 7, 2016. Until it didn’t. Apparently, the show must go on … ABC ... in 2018. The American Idol bus will roll into Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for auditions taking place on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Idol winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America’s next superstar.

After the event, Central Florida hopefuls will still have the chance to audition via the American Idol pop-up audition kiosk, which will be at Disney Springs through September 15, 2017 during regular Disney Springs operating hours, visitors can create and submit their own audition video at the kiosk.

Meanwhile, auditions will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon and will tour the country. In addition, participants can audition by submitting a video online as well. You must be between the ages of 15-28 to audition. For full requirements, click here. If you’d like to audition in person, here is the list of where the American Idol bus will be stopping in the coming weeks. Since locations can change, visit the American Idol website for up to day information.

AUGUST:
17: Orlando, FL and Portland, OR, 19: Miami, FL, 20: Oakland, CA, 22: Atlanta, GA, 23: Provo, UT, 25: North Charleston, SC, 26: Denver, CO, 27: Asheville, NC, 29: Omaha, NE, and 30: Louisville, KY

SEPTEMBER:
1: Tulsa, OK, 3: Pittsburgh, PA, 4: Shreveport, LA, 5: Annapolis, MD, 7: Tuscumbia, AL, 8: Boston, MA, 11: Chicago, IL and 14: New Orleans, LA

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